MORGANTOWN -- A week after its worst loss since 2001, West Virginia followed with its worst home loss since 1986.
"We've gotten our butts kicked, just handed two us, the past two weeks," quarterback Geno Smith said. "It hurts to say it."
No. 4 Kansas State extended the misery for the 17th-ranked Mountaineers with a 55-14 win Saturday before a crowd of 60,101 at Mountaineer Field that had mostly vanished by the fourth quarter.
WVU hadn't lost as badly at home since a 58-14 setback against Miami 26 years ago. The Mountaineers trailed 52-7 in the fourth quarter Saturday, a week after trailing 49-7 in the fourth quarter of a 49-14 loss at Texas Tech. The two-game losing streak is the first since 2010 and follows a nine-game winning streak.
Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein wrested control of the Heisman Trophy competition and added a lot of distance between whoever is in second place with seven total touchdowns. He completed 19 of 21 passes for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns and added four scores on just 41 yards rushing.
Klein's two incomplete passes could well have been completions or even touchdowns. He had an open receiver behind the defense in the first quarter, but threw beyond the target. He had another open receiver again beyond the defense in the second quarter, but his receiver stumbled.
"He doesn't do anything wrong," Mountaineers Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "He doesn't make any mistakes. He's the same guy we watched on film. He was exactly what we thought he'd be."
Smith was 21-for-32 for 142 yards and a touchdown, but also his first two interceptions of the season. That led to 14 points for Kansas State.
"We've reached our low," Smith said. "This is about as low as it gets and I've never had to deal with adversity of this magnitude. I've never lost two games in this manner. I've got to do a better job being a leader and do a better job getting guys to respond."
Kansas State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) finished with 479 yards of offense on 62 snaps. The Wildcats had only nine third downs and converted six. WVU managed just 243 yards, also on 62 snaps, though 113 came after falling behind by 45 points.
Tyler Lockett caught nine passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats. Chris Harper added 96 yards and a touchdown on six receptions. WVU has now allowed two 300-yard passers, one 400-yard passer and two 500-yard passers in seven games.
Tavon Austin led the Mountaineers with six receptions, 34 yards and a touchdown. He added 199 yards in kickoff returns. The 233 all-purpose yards helped set the school's career record. He's at 5,789 now after passing Avon Cobourne and Noel Devine against Kansas State.
WVU had few opportunities against a precise Kansas State attack, but one came late in the first half. Kansas State scored to go up 24-0 and extend WVU's worst start since a 31-0 hole against Maryland in the 2004 Gator Bowl. Austin returned the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, his fourth career kickoff return score, to give the Mountaineers and the stadium some life with 4:13 left and WVU set to receive the second-half kickoff.
The Wildcats then covered 78 yards in eight plays and took a 31-7 lead at the half.